57? I'm flying today! I am scheduled with Mike B on Sunday so I really needed to knock off some rust. Vince was available to fly today so we decided on a flight to the beach. It was good just to play with all the switches and tune the radios, like a little kid with a new toy.
|Dover AFB Air Mobility Command Museum|
There were a few aircraft coming and going at Ocean City and we managed to work our way in. We had come from across the bay after a quick photo shoot of Bali Hi RV park, my home for the summer. Pretty good winds today but a nice touch and go followed by another round full stop landing. We taxied in to the self serve and took on 20 gallons at $5.50, what a bargain.
Bathroom stops and a quick reload, we were off for KMIV, Millville NJ for lunch. The sweet tailwinds were now throwing a blanket over us. I searched every altitude on xm trying to relieve the strain on 08R. Indicated 115, ground speed 85, it's going to be a long ride. We climbed to 5500 to cross the mouth of the Delaware Bay (10 miles)and enjoyed the view. I did a touch and go into KMIV and added the full stop on the second go. We taxied to the flight line for lunch, making our way in as the crowd was thinning out.
|Ferry crossing the Delaware Bay|
|Tankers lined up and waiting|
It's just a short hop back to Wilmington but a nice ride enjoying the farmland passing below. Vince picked up the current ATIS landing instructions. We entered the left downwind for runway 1, number two to land, looking for opposing traffic, a Falcon jet on the ILS. Traffic in sight, with an extended downwind I make my base turn. I wanted to have some wake turbulence clearance. I landed long which made for a short taxi to my turn off at Kilo.
|Short final RWY 1 - KILG|